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What TV Executives Don’t Understand About the Climate Emergency

Still from The Day After Tomorrow
Credit: 20th Century Fox
Baratunde Thurston
September 21, 2021

A few weeks ago, my friend Anand Giridharadas was preparing to guest host a show on MSNBC, and he asked if I could join him on set to provide some tongue-in-cheek commentary about the latest United Nations climate report. Because what’s friendship about, really, if not to be invited onto national television to gently mock the impending end of the world as we know it? 

I was pleasantly surprised to receive the call. Anand was, after all, the first person in the cable news universe to actually invite me to speak on these issues. I’m not a climate scientist, but I am on the record as supporting the continued habitability of the only planet that’s capable of supporting billions of human lives.